When it is you or your family in a vulnerable situation who are the people that help? They are first responders that are trained for the unexpected, from raging grass fires and car pile-ups to hazardous waste spills and animals in trouble.
Whether a big city or a village, these emergency workers, often volunteers, play a vital role in communities globally.
Take a rare look from the eyes of rescue crews responding to emergencies in rural western Canada, where few resources and people are available: The first crew is Penticton Search and Rescue in the mountains of British Columbia who in summer undertake a high angle rope rescue and helicopter evacuation of an injured climber. The second crew is the Rosetown Fire Department in the Saskatchewan prairies, who in winter conditions respond to a car crash and a farm fire.
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